Feb 14, 2021

i awoke to this life 07 november 1956

late afternoon 

watching the valley sky 

what would it take 

to fill this sky with octopuses 

i don’t know 

but i bet there’s a poem in there


i awoke to this life 07 november 1956 

in baltimore maryland, near the chesapeake bay 

canadian geese migrate through there 

i like to imagine them flying 

high above saint agnes hospital moving south 

perhaps crying out even as i made my first cry 

at 4:16 am 

two hours before dawn came over the bay 

the suffering of my mother


The weight of the world is love. Under the burden of solitude, under the burden of dissatisfaction.

-Allen Ginsberg

If we could see the whole truth of any situation, our only response would be one of compassion.

-Mingyur Rinpoche

Common sense is not so common.


There is far more love available to us in any given moment than we might be aware.

-Kate Johnson

Rolling Stones/Love In Vain (by Robert Johnson)


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Allen Ginsberg art print by Adrienne Lobl 

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